Today is the day we set the historical marker at Smith Mountain Lake !

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It is March 7, 2016 and at 11:00am the ceremonies will begin to set the historical marker at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.   It will commemorate the occasion and pay tribute to all those that were involved in the creation, building and continued stewardship of this great community resource.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia (I can't imagine there is such a person because I talk and blog about it all the time); it is a very special place.   The lake is 22,000 acres with over 500 miles of beautiful shoreline nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains of southwestern Virginia.   It is the largest inland body of water in Virginia.

In the 1920's, the local electric company started planning and started buying land in the area of Smith Mountain to develop those plans.   In 1954, Appalachian Power Company bought the rights to the land and planning for the hydro electric dam project.   Construction began in 1960 with completion in 1963 when the the dam was closed and the water began to rise. 

On March 7, 1966, the water level reached it's "normal" level at 795 feet above sea level or what is referred to as "full pond".   Today is exactly 50 years from that day.   A lot has changed in those 50 years but a lot has remained the same.   Homes, businesses and people have arrived.

Smith Mountain Lake has grown in popularity ever since it was first dubbed "Jewel of the Blue Ridge".   It is truly a remarkable example of human engineering while also being a great recreation location.   It has kept local power rates low while providing a major boost to the local economy.

Throughout this 50th year, there are an amazing number of activities, festivals and special events to mark the occasion but today is truly unique.   I hope local residents will come out to support the commemoration and total strangers, like many reading this; will come for a visit this year during our anniversary celebration.   It's a special day because, . . . . .



Today is the day

we set the historical marker

at Smith Mountain Lake !




Deanna Early is the # 1 ranked Mortgage Loan Originator in Franklin County, Virginia as scored by the ActiveRain real estate site.   She is a Nationally Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator for American National Bank and Trust located near Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.   She does both purchase and refinance loans throughout the state of Virginia.   She is a residential loan originator and provides home loans, construction loans and lot loans as well as second or vacation home loans and investor financing.

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Comments (2)

Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Deanna. The folks that put the original plan in place had a lot of vision, glad the vision is being honored.

Mar 07, 2016 05:26 PM

The original visionaries were from the 1920's but later generations picked up the torch and ran with it leading to my generation's stewartship today so others can enjoy it in the future.   It has become and will remain a lasting legacy.

Mar 07, 2016 06:08 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Deanna, Smith Mountain Lake is beautiful. We had a contract on a lot, but decided it was too far for my husband to travel to and from DC.  I'd like to go back and see how it has changed.

Mar 08, 2016 03:35 AM

Let me know when and I'll meet you for lunch.  You definitely want to come THIS year with all the 50th anniversary activities and functions.  Keep watching my blog for upcoming events. 

Mar 08, 2016 04:40 AM

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